Lent – Year C

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Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends with the Easter Triduum. It is the 40 weekday period of purification and penance with roots going back to the 4th Century. Originally, Lent focused on the growth of faith and understanding of those converting to Christianity and joining the Church community. While this is still a major thrust of such programs as the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults), Lent encourages all members of the community to examine their own development and understanding of their faith.

Lent is a time of inner examination, recognizing the parts of our lives that need more attention than perhaps we’ve become accustomed to giving them – study, prayer, fasting, alms-giving, good works, personal spirituality – and repenting those actions and inactions that have led to our current faith-status. Traditionally, Lent has been associated with Jesus’ 40-day fast in the wilderness while He prepared for his public ministry. “40″ is also a frequently used number in ancient times to refer to long periods of time. Today, we are reminded of Christ’s fast by meatless Fridays during the Lenten Season and the strong suggestion that those who can should fast throughout the 40 weekdays.

Olsen_RThe six Sundays in Lent are not counted as part of Lent although the readings focus on Jesus’ mission and ultimately His final days before His death.

For more information on this season read a brief article at this website: www.crivoice.org/cylent.html Click on the format you are interested in viewing or printing. We’ve also included a link to “The Word” column from America Magazine for each liturgy (if available). The articles are from the last Year C Cycle but are still useful and thought-provoking for your preparation efforts.

NOTE: The 3rd, 4th, & 5th Sundays include readings from BOTH Year A and Year C. The Year A readings are often used at Masses at which Candidates in the RCIA program attend.

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NOTE: A Spanish introduction may be included with the proclamations for Holy Thursday and Good Friday.

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Ash

Wednesday

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1st

Sunday

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Sunday

2nd

Sunday

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Sunday

3rd

Sunday

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Sunday

4th

Sunday

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Sunday

5th

Sunday

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Sunday

Palm

Sunday

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Sunday

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Female

1st Reading

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2nd Reading

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2nd Reading

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